Mandurah Magistrates Court hands attacker spent conviction

A Mandurah man was granted a spent conviction in the Mandurah Magistrates Court on Tuesday, after he admitted to punching three men in the face at Monkey Bar and Lounge. 

The court was told Luke Thomas Campion, 24, was enjoying a night out with his partner at the popular Mandurah pub on August 16 when the incident occurred at 11:35pm. 

Campion punched the men in the face after they said something, that was not mentioned in court, to his partner. 

The court was told the men had sustained swelling to their faces.

A fly-in, fly-out worker, Campion had just returned from working away. 

His lawyer told the court her client was fatigued, intoxicated and frustrated at the time of the attack. 

The court was told drinking alcohol to the point of intoxication wasn’t common for Campion. 

Magistrate Longden was told Campion had no prior record and had “glowing” references from family, friends and former employers. 

Campion’s lawyer pleaded with Ms Longden to grant her client a spent conviction, as she claimed disclosing a serious offence could tarnish his chances of maintaining his new job as a driller’s offsider on a mine site.

For pleading guilty to three charges of common assault, Magistrate Anne Longden ordered Campion to pay fines of $700 per charge, which are payable to each victim. 

He must also pay court costs.